Fitchburg High Club Fights Food Waste, Donates to Needy
By Chad Garner
Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise
FITCHBURG -- The Current Events Club was concerned about food being wasted in the cafeteria.
So the students from Fitchburg High School involved in the club have taken gigantic steps to reduce waste and make sure this food that is typically thrown in the trash by students is going to good use.
The students decided to create a food bin in the cafeteria as the overall solution, while also having an impact on the community by donating this food to Our Father’s House in Fitchburg.
“We think that this simple act of donating food that would be thrown away anyway will have a big impact on those in need,” said Current Events Club President and Fitchburg High junior Elle Scott.
Current Events Club members deliver the food at least once per week, donating an average of 60 food items per week. Last week, the club delivered an all-time high of 80 food items.
“We have recently moved the location of the food bin in the cafeteria to the front where students empty their trays in hope for an increase in donations,” Scott said.
The items that are typically collected are apples, bananas, oranges, bagged carrots and dried cranberries and milk. All items must have to be peeled, be sealed or be in good condition.
“At lunch, students are required to take a fruit or vegetable with their meal, and most students take a milk as well,” Scott said.
The Current Events Club is currently working on fundraising with the goal of installing a filtered and cooled water fountain at FHS.
“We hope to complete this process by the end of the school year,” Scott said. “We plan on conducting smaller fundraisers to contribute to this.”
The leaders of the Current Events Club are Scott, Estelle Arseneau (vice president), Samuel Boudreau (head of marketing), Jake Thibeault and Olivia Tran (marketing team), and Lisa Pavan (secretary).